Admission Info

 Cash only at the gate

Purchase advance tickets HERE

Adult:
One day $15
Two-day pass $25
Three-day pass $35

Children under 5 free, under 12: $2

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free

Military with ID: $10

Show Hours

Friday:   10am – 6pm

Saturday:  9am – 5:30pm

Sunday:   9am – 4:30pm

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 24 at 6:30pm.  $15; $10 in advance.

Click here for advance IF4 tickets.

Learning Center

The International Federation of Fly Fishers is pleased to offer FREE fly fishing instruction at the IFFF Learning Center located at the IFFF booth.  Basic fly casting- fly tying- knot tying will be taught throughout the day-every day of the Fly Fishing Show.

 

 

Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!

 

Alameda County Fairgrounds

4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA, 94566

*Map Located at bottom of page*

Directions From:
San Francisco
– Cross the Bay Bridge
– Follow the sign to stay on I-580 East
– When you come to I-680, go South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12 – To the Off-Track Betting Facility, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 12

San Jose
– Take I-680 North
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12

From Walnut Creek
– Take I-680 South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12
– To the Off-Track Betting Facility, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 12

From Tracy
– Take 205 West
– Continue on I-580 West
– Take I-680 South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12

Flying
Oakland airport is 18 miles away; San Francisco is 35 miles away.

Transportation
http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/Transportation.php

Charity Cab
(925) 353-5357
www.charitycab.com

Parking is $10/car at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

 

Accommodations:

7050 Johnson Drive
Pleasanton, California
94588-3396
925-737-5611

Phone: 800-HILTONS (445-8667) or 925-463-8000 Use Code: FLY for discounted rate.

Cut-off date for special rate is Tuesday 1/31/17.  AFTER THIS DATE YOU WILL NOT GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE.

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 Pleasanton Marriott
11950 Dublin Canyon Road
Pleasanton  CA  94588

Phone: 925-847-6000

Cut-off date for special rate is Tuesday 2/9/17. AFTER THIS DATE YOU WILL NOT GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE.

Celebrities: 

RobAndersonRob Anderson:  Rob resides in Reno, Nevada and currently has his own fly fishing travel business, Bucket List Fly Fishing Adventures and is the lead guide and owner of Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters. Rob currently guides on the Truckee River in both California and Nevada, Pyramid Lake, Davis Lake, East Walker River, Frenchman’s and 4 different private waters. He regularly does speaking engagements on Pyramid Lake other Northern Nevada and California waters and numerous “Bucket List” destinations around the world including an annual hosted trip to the Amazon for Peacock Bass.  Rob is always willing and ready to educate fly fishing enthusiasts.
Rob Anderson grew up in Virginia and was fishing from the time he can remember.  At the age of 9, he learned to fly fish.  From that point on he fly-fished for bass and pan fish in Virginia as much as possible. After college, Rob pursued his other passion, golf, by working in that business for 15 years.  During this time he had headed west and settled in Lake Tahoe.  In 1997, while still working in the golf industry, he was reintroduced to fly fishing by his friend Chris Evison.  Chris taught him the art of fly fishing for trout in moving water.  His love of the sport was reborn!
In his free time from the golf business he regularly visited the Reno Fly Shop where he began learning how to tie flies (he is now a Signature Fly Designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants with over 20 patterns tied commercially).  In the fall of 2001, the Reno Fly Shop offered Rob a part-time job which shortly thereafter, turned into a full time position managing the retail store, private waters program and guide business until the Reno Fly Shop closed in 2010.  The closing of the Reno Fly Shop resulted in Rob having more time and freedom in his pursuit of design, creativity and teaching in the Fly Fishing industry.
It was in 2003 that Rob pursued his interest in guiding at Pyramid Lake. Rob ultimately became the first non-tribal fly fishing guide at the Lake. Since that time has built a fly fishing specific website for Pyramid Lake, pyramidlakeflyfishing.com and runs the largest and most successful guide service there. Rob’s love of Pyramid Lake has also driven him to design Pyramid-specific flies which have increased the popularity of nymphing at the lake.  Two of these flies are the Maholo Fly and the Maholo Midge which are sold at fly shops and retailers all over the West.

 

Dave BlackburnDave Blackburn:  Dave grew up in western PA where his home river was the Raystown Branch of the Juniata. He was introduced to fly-tying at age 9 by a sixth grade teacher. He was schooled by both Messiah College, along the Yellow Breeches Creek, and the Letort Run. He transferred to West Virginia University where he received his BS in Forest Resource Management while working seasonally for the USFS in the Cloud Peak Primitive Area of Wyoming as a wilderness guard. He took piano lessons as a child and later applied his ear for music to bluegrass banjo when he got his first banjo at age 17. His banjo mentors include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick and Bela Fleck. He achieved early notoriety in his banjo playing by earning several ribbons at banjo contests in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His longtime WVU roommate inspired him to add singing to his repertoire, where they formed the group the Skeenes Brothers, later becoming part of the Trapper Canyon Stringbusters based in Greybull, Wyoming. He settled on the banks of the Kootenai River in NW Montana where he pioneered the area’s first fly fishing guide service in 1982. Kootenai Angler now includes 5 river-front log cabin rentals along with a fly shop, the River Bend restaurant and a large outdoor music venue where the Kootenai River “Runs Through It”. Dave travels throughout the country as a speaker where he entertains with his unique combination of fly-fishing and bluegrass music. His current band, the Sheldon Mountain Boys, recently released their first album entitled “Thirty Years on the Mountain”.

 

Dan Blanton 2014Dan Blanton: Dan, from San Jose, California, now living in Morgan Hill, California with his wife, Cindy, is a well-known and respected fly fishing and casting instructor, lecturer, fly fishing author and outdoor photographer. He is acknowledged to be one of the pioneers in the development of Pacific coast and Central American saltwater fly fishing. He is the recipient of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s 1990 Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Membership award for outstanding achievement in outdoors writing as related to fly fishing. He also is the Federations of Fly Fisher’s 1995 recipient of the Silver King award for outstanding contributions to the sport of saltwater fly fishing. In April of 2002 Dan was inducted into the FFF California/Nevada Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. In October 2009 Dan was inducted into The Catskill Fishing Center and Museum fly fishing hall of fame. An acclaimed fly tier, Dan originated the Whistler Series, Punch Series, Sar-Mul-Mac Series, Sea Arrow Squid, Bay-Delta Eelet and many other world renowned saltwater fly patterns. His patterns, originated in the late 1960s and early 70s, remain popular and productive world-wide. The former Managing Editor of Angler Magazine, Dan is currently an Editor-at-Large for Fly Fishing Salt Waters magazine, Fly Fisherman magazine and the California Fly Fisher. Dan is also one of The Complete Fly Fisherman of South Africa’s International Field Editors. He was the Salt Water Fly Fishing columnist for Sport Fishing magazine and Fly Fish America magazines for more than a decade. A free-lance writer for more than 35 years and an active member of both the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Dan contributes regularly to many fly fishing periodicals both in the USA, Australia, Japan and South Africa. His Book Fly Fishing California’s Great waters have received excellent reviews. Fifteen years ago, Dan published his website www.danblanton.com as a means to promote his outdoors related business. He also wanted to give something back to the fly fishing community so he included a fly fishing bulletin board, tackle and techniques fly fishing page and a hot fly page. Dan’s Fly Fishing website and bulletin board, going on their 15th year, are extremely popular, world-wide. Visit www.danblanton.com/bulletin.php.

 

GaryBorgerGary Borger:  Gary Borger is one of the world’s foremost fly fishing educators. He has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly-fishing for trout and salmon since 1972. He is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in fly designing. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Campus in Wausau. He has published widely in sporting magazines around the world and has written six best-selling books on fly fishing. Gary pioneered fly fishing video instruction with his release of “Nymphing” in 1982. Since then he has produced 27 instructional videos and has been featured in various television programs, including his own production “The Tzar’s Trout.” Gary was a consultant on Robert Redford’s movie “A River Runs Through It.” With his award-winning CD/cassette tape, “My Madison,” he pioneered fly fishing, nature-music audios. In addition, Gary has been design consultant to a number of manufacturers in the fly fishing industry. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s fly casting instructor certification program, a member of many conservation organizations, and was a founding board member of the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has received many awards for conservation, including the first Lew Jewett Memorial Life Membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1979. Gary currently writes, lectures, produces videos, and teaches schools on all aspects of fly fishing and fly tying.

 

brian-chanBrian Chan: It’s safe to say I was hooked on fishing at a very young age.  Regular weekend and holiday fishing trips with my dad are still very fond memories. My passion for fishing led to an educational path that would allow me to work with fish.  A Fish, Wildlife & Recreation technical diploma and a BSc in freshwater ecology set me up for a 30 year career in managing recreational fisheries for the province of BC.  It truly was the best job in the world! My growing interest in fly fishing lakes led to a secondary career  that started with writing magazine articles and making presentations to fly fishing clubs to teaching weekend seminars. I have written for such magazines as Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Fusion and Fly Fishing & Tying Journal.  I have also authored or co-authored several books on fly fishing and fly tying and  produced several instructional videos.  For the past 25 years I have made many appearances on TV fishing shows including BC Outdoors Sportfishing, Sport Fishing on the Fly, West Coast Sporting Journal and The New Fly Fisher.  During the past 7 years I have built up a stillwater guiding business which has been well received by both new and long time fly fishers who want to learn how to fish stillwaters. I have been tying flies since 11 years of age.  My fascination with aquatic entomology has certainly played a role in the flies that I have developed for fishing stillwaters.  In 2014 I was award a lifetime achievement award by Fly Tyer Magazine. More recently I have partnered with long time fishing friend Phil Rowley in developing a line of stillwater fly patterns that we sell on our E store www.stillwaterflyfishingstore.com   Phil and I recently completed the first of a two set  instructional DVD series titled “Conquering Chironomids”  And yes, my favourite way to fly fish lakes is with strike indicators.  There is just something about watching that indicator go down regardless of the size of the fish. My favourite fishing haunts are the many trout lakes surrounding my home city of Kamloops but I also make regular forays to lakes in other regions of the province.  I also enjoy wading rivers for trout and steelhead and have recently been learning and enjoying double hand rods.   Through my angling career I have had the opportunity to visit some great tropical saltwater fly fishing destinations as well as some incredible fisheries in Canada’s northern territories.  These are always special trips that offer lasting memories. I have been fortunate in developing professional affiliations within the fly fishing and boating industries.  These including Sage, RIO, Islander Reels, Montana Fly Company, Outcast Sporting Gear and Yamaha. After 40 years of fly fishing I still enjoy each and every day on the water.  There is not a day when I do not learn something and that is what keeps me coming back for more.
JeffCurrierJeff Currier:  Jeff resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing.  He is an active member of the Yellow Dog Adventures Professional Advisory Team, a fly fishing lecturer and well known fish artist.  He has taught the skills of fly fishing, guided fly fishers throughout Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park and escorted fly fishers on six continents.  Jeff has fished in over forty-five countries and caught over 300 species of fish on the fly! Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books.  He is the acclaimed author of Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing and Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing guide books.  Jeff is also a well sought after expert for television, radio and numerous fly fishing films. Jeff led Team USA to its first ever top-ten finish in the World Flyfishing Championships in Jaca, Spain.  During the competition Jeff managed to fool fish on every venue and placed third in the individual standings, becoming the only American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships. Jeff lectures throughout the United States and Canada on nearly every aspect of fly fishing.  He demonstrates fly casting, teaches seminars on the basics to the advanced skills of fly fishing and presents many fly fishing destination programs ranging from his home waters to the most remote corners of the globe.  Some of his shows take you to destinations you’ve never heard of and will leave you in awe that such creatures can be enticed to eat a fly! Jeff brings a sense of humor, enthusiasm, approachability and forty years of fly fishing wherever he goes. You can follow Jeff’s fly fishing adventures, exploits, tips, advice, photography and story-telling on his expanding blog and informative web site.  www.Jeffcurrier.com.

 

maryanndozerMary Ann Dozer:  Mary Ann fell in love with fish, not while casting from a riverbank, but while scuba diving in the Caribbean and South Pacific with her husband, Dave. Her first fly fishing experience was in 1995 in Yellowstone Park and her passion for the sport took hold. When her high tech career wound down after 20 years, Mary Ann wanted to do something different with her life. The answer was easy: pursue her passion for fly fishing and share it with others.
Mary Ann has been teaching & guiding for over 10 years in Oregon and Idaho, logging an average of 130 days/year on the water.  She guides full-time in Central Oregon for the Fly Fishers Place in Sisters, Oregon.
Mary Ann loves to introduce new anglers to fly fishing or take anglers’ skill to that next level. Whether this be via casting lesson, a day in a classroom, or a day on the water. Mary Ann considers casting an art form. She is an International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), Master Casting Instructor and is pursuing a Two Hand Casting Certification. Her love and finesse of casting has put her on the Winston Pro-Staff Team.
Mary Ann believes in giving back to motivate others to pursue their interest in fly fishing for the International Federation of Fly Fishers at the local, state & national level. She leads the IFFF Women’s Program and has also co-chaired Education and Publicity for the Northwest Fly Fishing Expo for the last ten years. She is the Monthly Programs Chair for the Central Oregon Fly Fishers Club. Mary Ann is deeply committed to supporting Casting for Recovery and has volunteered for events across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for fifteen years.
Mary Ann is building a series of educational videos for fly casting and fishing. You can view her videos and learn more about her on her website at www.flyfishingpursuits.org.

 

EdEnglesmallEd Engle:  Ed’s fly fishing articles have appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines for more than 30 years. In the 1970’s his articles on short line nymphing techniques were among the first to appear in national fly fishing magazines. Since that time he has taught thousands of fly fishers the subtle art of nymphing through his books and articles, on-the-water seminars, and at his popular nymphing class sponsored by the Fly Fishing Show. Ed’s newest book, Trout Lessons (2010), considers what to do when your usual fly fishing solutions don’t work. His interest in tying and fishing small flies led to the publication of Tying Small Flies (2004) and Fishing Small Flies (2005). The two-volume set is credited with helping create the current surge of interest in pursuing trout with small flies. Ed’s dedication to fishing bamboo fly rods resulted in the publication of Splitting Cane (2002) which chronicled the life and craftsmanship of  sixteen working rod makers. His first book, Fly Fishing the Tailwaters (1991), was a groundbreaking explanation of how to fish the regulated rivers found below dams. Ed is a regular contributor to American Angler, The Boulder Daily Camera and Gray’s Journal. In addition, he has written for Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Trout, Fly Tyer, Sports Afield, and Saltwater Fly Fishing. Ed’s current projects include work on a new book, coming up with new small fly patterns (he’s a Signature Fly Tier for Idylwilde Flies) guiding on Colorado’s South Platte River, and teaching at fly fishing seminars throughout he country. For more information or to contact Ed go to www.EdEngleflyfishing.com.

 

simon4Simon Gawesworth:  Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father – well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven British casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships. With the collapse of the British Casting Authority and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain. During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on fly casting and fly casting instruction. He is a FFF Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor and also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK. Simon lives in SW Washington and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world. Simon is married with two children.

 

ernie-gulleyErnie Gulley: Ernie Gulley has spent most of his life in southern California.   He started fishing with his father from the time he could walk.  At age seven he moved to New Orleans, LA. and learned how to fish Lake Ponchatrain for speckled trout and other salt water species.   He returned to southern California with a passion and love affair for fishing.  He started fishing the stillwaters of the High Sierra’s including Crowley Lake and Bridgeport reservoir.   He also fished many Stillwaters in the West including Utah, Idaho and Nevada.  During this time he fished exclusively with “Noodle Sticks” which are (IFGA) rated two pound class ultra light rods.   His hunt for big fish on light lines had begun.  In 1997 he became intrigued with fly fishing and he purchased his first fly rod.  He fell in love with fly fishing and has never looked back.  In 2007 he won the famous “Double Hall in the Fall” tournament at Crowley Lake.  In 2008 and 2009 he placed second in the “Stillwater Classic” in the team category also at Crowley Lake.  Currently he is a licensed, insured and bonded guide in California specializing in stillwater fly fishing tactics.    He is very proud to be a Pro Ambassador for Hardy Fly Fishing.  His home water is Crowley Lake, where he is one of the premier guides using his 22 foot Skeeter Bay Boat for his fly fishing platform, however he guides all over the Eastern Sierra and Southern California.   You will be hard pressed to find anyone who has more energy, enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching stillwater fly fishing tactics.  He has spoken to almost every fly fishing club in California and many more in the West.   He also speaks at Fly Fishing Shows, Fly Fishing Fairs and Fly Fishing Shops on specific stillwaters and teaches Stillwater Classes and Clinics. He takes great pride in his clients to make sure they have the very best stillwater fly fishing experience.  He also takes great pride in his Professional Guest Speaker Presentations.  He spends thousands of hours making sure every time you listen to his informative and comprehensive programs and presentations you are fully satisfied and ready to go out on the water for a fantastic stillwater fly fishing experience.   He is a hardcore stillwater fisherman with a love to teach stillwater fly fishing tactics.  For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at: 909-953-1770, website www.erniegulley.com,  Ernie Gulley Fly Fishing on Facebook, @erniegulleyflyfishing/Instagram and @erniegulley/twitter.

 

WendyGunn1Wendy Gunn:  Wendy is considered to be one of the top women anglers in the world. She has held many IGFA world records both fresh and saltwater. All her saltwater records were prior to the splitting of categories into separated men’s and women’s divisions. Her records include fly caught striped marlin…136-lbs., wahoo etc. She won the 2000 Women’s world invitational fly fishing tarpon tournament in Islamorada FL. Wendy was the fly fishing host for the television series Fishing the West and Americas Outdoor Journal. She is the current co-host for Fly Fish Television Magazine which airs weekly on The Outdoor Life Network. Wendy has won the women’s Best of the West casting competition in San Mateo CA. eight out the nine past events. In 2002 she won the Best of the West finals (the first year she competed) in Salt Lake City and won the grand prize….a Hyde drift boat. Wendy was the first woman to cast over 100-ft. with a 5-weight rod in a sanctioned competition; her cast was 104′ 7″. Wendy competed in the first Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid. Wendy has appeared at sports shows and flyfishing clubs across the country teaching and demonstrating casting and fly tying. Photographs of Wendy have appeared in most of the outdoor magazines, calendars, books and brochures.

 

joe humphreysJoe Humphreys: Joseph is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator. He has been a fishing instructor to anyone who wants to learn the sport, including VIPs, for over 45 years. Joe has traveled the world representing the U.S. in fly fishing competitions, has guided presidents & celebrities, held the Pennsylvania state record, hosted the first national fly fishing show on ESPN, and was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Joe is also a published author of numerous books and articles on the sport of fly fishing, including: Trout Tactics, Trout Tactics Revised, and On the Trout Stream. In addition to these major and well-respected works, he is a regular contributor to regional and national journals and periodicals. Along with his writing, he has also produced and starred in several highly successful videos including, “A Casting Approach to Nymphing Tactics”, “A Casting Approach to Dryfly Tactics in the Brush”, “A Casting Approach to Flyfishing to Catch Fish, Not Just to Cast”, “The Dryfly and the Top Water Game”, and the Telly Award winner for Best Video, “The Night Game”. As one of the foremost educators in angling, Joe Humphreys directed the renowned angling program at the Pennsylvania State University for nineteen years, providing introductions and foundations to young and old for a life-long enjoyment of the sport. He has lectured throughout the United States enhancing the reputation of Pennsylvania fishing. Joe’s passions also include working with local and national organizations to improve stream quality. He’s proud that his students have become the advocacy base to sustain Pennsylvania waters and believes that teaching youth to fly fish, including the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team, is pertinent for further protection of and respect for the environment. Joe also dedicates his time to honoring our Veterans through his support of Project Healing Waters and strongly believes in the healing properties of streams. A documentary titled, “Live the Stream” is currently being filmed about Joe’s life on and off the stream. The trailer and more information can be found at: www.livethestreamfilm.com

 

HalJansenHal Janssen:  Hal Janssen is a nationally known writer, artist, lecturer, and video personality. He has been fly fishing for over 50 years and has fished extensively throughout the North and South America for nearly every species of fresh and salt water fish.  Hal’s account of his first steelhead trip was wading wet in the winter because no one made waders for 9 year old kids in 1952.  The old timers from the Golden Gate Casting Club adopted him, setting him up with a shooting head and teaching him to cast.  Hal’s self-confidence and fiery enthusiasm seem to guide him in everything he does.
Hal has been responsible for developing significant portions of the fly fishing equipment and concepts in use today.  He and Scientific Anglers founder Leon Martuch developed S/A’s wet tip fly line.  He and John Agnew worked on the development of Sunset Line Company’s fly lines, Sunset’s Cannonball, the first tapered lead core line, and the invention of the density compensated uniform sink line.   Hal came up with the idea of the Mastery Stillwater series of clear fly lines, and was part of changing Amnesia from solid to fluorescent colors.  In 1978 he created The Fly Tyer’ Showcase Box to display flies,  the Rac Wrench,  a fly fishing shirt, as well as fly rods and nets.   He designed a signature line of hooks with Partridge-U.K., and consulted with a number of companies including the J. Kennedy Fisher Rod Company, Cortland, and Rio.
In 1979, he was one of the first in the Umpqua Feather Merchants contract tyers program. Today, over 70 Janssen fly patterns are manufactured and have worldwide distribution.  Hal’s patterns are on display at the William Cushner Fly Fishing Museum, the University of Idaho, and the Forestry Museum in Elvermum, Norway.
As a fine artist, Hal Janssen has illustrated all the fly drawings and paintings for Anglers’ Calendar for over 20 years and has illustrated many magazine articles.  When Hal gets involved in anything he usually gets “Best of Show,” as has been the case over the past ten years that he has been actively involved in carving exceptional fish, mostly of trout in special woods. He calls them “Living Wood” to describe their unique life-like realism.  In his spare time, Hal restores classic cars and has professional pin striper status through his induction into their Hall of Fame.
As a pioneer of saltwater, steelhead, stillwater, and float tubing techniques, Hal has written over 25 articles for leading fly fishing magazines.  His June 1979 Fly Fisherman Magazine article kicked off the popularization of float tubing and he has contributed to 21 books as both an artist and an author.  Hal gained broad recognition as an instructor for his still water fly fishing seminars and schools,  for his many years of presentations to fly clubs, and for entertaining thousands as a member of the Coors Outdoor Team, and Ed Rice’s International Sportsman’s Exposition Pro Staff.   He helped found the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers Club and is a fisheries consultant to Wilderness Unlimited, Cal Trout, the Smith River Advisory Council, Putah Creek Council, and the Alameda Creek Alliance.
When they are not at Lake Almanor, Hal Janssen lives in Forest Ranch, California, with his wife Jane.  He is an exceptional individual who has made significant contributions to this area and to our sport.  In January 2010 Hal was inducted into the California Outdoor Hall of Fame.

 

JakeJordanCapt. Jake Jordan:  Captain Jake Jordan has spent over half of a century traveling the world in search of large game fish on light tackle and fly. He is an excellent educator and communicator, Jordan loves to excite anglers with his stories regarding his many spectacular fishing adventures. Captain Jordan is a world-famous Florida Keys Tarpon Guide and world-renowned big game fisherman. He was the founder and host of “The Bonefish School,” a saltwater fly fishing school held several times a year at the Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge in the Bahamas. Captain Jordan began operating his “Sailfish Schools”, and “Marlin Schools”, in 1993, in locations throughout the best billfish locations in the world. He instructs fly anglers in his incredible, successful, techniques regarding catching Billfish on fly. Jake Jordan is a consultant to many first rate Fly fishing lodges and several fly tackle companies including; (TFO, Mako Reels, Rio Fly Lines, Casa Vieja Lodge, Los Suenos Resort, and several others), he also designs customized Fly fishing vacation packages and fly fishing schools for anglers throughout the world and is a well known speaker, author, and consultant to the boating, fishing, and fly fishing industries. Jake has authored and or been featured in dozens of articles in most major sport fishing magazines and is considered an expert in all areas of big game sport fishing, and fly fishing. He is also a FFF certified fly casting instructor, an original member of the FFF advisory committee, and a charter member of the IGFA Certified Captains Organization. Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures, Jordan’s company, for more than four decades has operated charter boats out of Marathon in the Florida Keys, along with The Cape Lookout region of North Carolina. Captain Jake Jordan (now 73 years of age) still guides out of his charter boat “Fly Reel” with fly anglers aboard in search of Tarpon during April, & May, in the Florida Keys. Captain Jake also runs charters during September, October, and November, in the Cape Lookout region of North Carolina, where he guides anglers in search of Albies and big Redfish on fly tackle. Captain Jake was an original member of the Mako advisory professional team, and is an expert on all aspects of Fly Reel design and engineering. He is also a member of the TFO advisory team, worked at designing the Blue Water series of big game fly rods. Captain Jake Jordan and his students have caught and released more Marlin and Sailfish than any fly anglers, ever.

 

PudgeKleinkaufCecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf:  Pudge Kleinkauf has owned and operated Women’s Flyfishing® her instruction and guide service in Alaska, for the past twenty-five years taking both women and couples fishing for salmon, trout, Arctic grayling, char, and pike in locations all around the State.  She also guides trips to Mexico and Argentina each year. Pudge ties the flies for all of her guided trips, and demonstrates fly tying for clubs and shows around the country. Her special salmon flies are used by fly anglers throughout Alaska. A contributing editor for “Fish Alaska Magazine,” and the author of four books, “Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska,” and “River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women”  (both Benjamin Franklin Award Winners) as well as her new books, “Fly Fishing for Alaska’s Arctic Grayling: Sailfish of the North,” and “Pacific Salmon Flies.” Pudge also instructs for Casting for Recovery, Alaska, and is a member of the International Women Fly Fishers, the Alaska Fly Fishers, and the guide associations of both TU and the FFF. Pudge is also a Fly Fishing Ambassador for patagonia, and Women’s
Flyfishing® has become a  Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business.  Her web site is www.womensflyfishing.net and her e-mail is pudge@womensflyfishing.net

 

JimKlugJim Klug:  Founder and Director of Operations for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and partner and executive producer for Confluence Films, a film production company that created the fly fishing movies DRIFT (2008), RISE (2009) and CONNECT (2011). Jim’s writings and photos and appeared in dozens of magazines, books and other publications, and his photo work can be viewed at www.klugphotos.com.  Jim is the author of the book Fly Fishing Belize.  Jim lives in Bozeman, Montana, and is the current Chairman of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA).

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landon-mayerLandon Mayer: Landon’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr. Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques. Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, and Fish and Fly magazines. As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms, Bauer, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, Yeti, Winston Fly Rod Co., and Casio Pro Trek watches. Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 19 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at: 719-210-0619 www.landonmayer.com Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook @landonmayerflyfishing/ Instagram

 

jason-randallJason Randall: Jason has been an outdoor writer for the last fifteen years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, ‘Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents’ was released in 2012 by Stackpole/Headwater books. It studies the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success. His second book ‘Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat’, was released in August of 2013. It focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. In 2014, the third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy was released- ‘Trout Sense; A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell’, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. In January 2017, Jason’s forth book will be released from Stackpole/ Headwaters Books. Titled ‘Nymph Masters; Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’, this book explores the depths of nymph fishing and advanced nymph fishing techniques. It incorporates tips and ideas from some if the leading experts in nymph fishing. In 2016-17, Jason will appear and present at shows and events throughout the North America.

 

George RevelGeorge Revel:  George Revel is a three-time National Fly Casting Champion, rod designer, FFF Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor, and President of the venerable Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco. A well-traveled and seasoned outdoorsman, George knows the ins-and-outs of the Industry and is passionate about making the sport accessible throughout a client’s lifetime.
At the age of 13, George won his first casting competition against “industry professionals.”
Casting against competitors who were much older and stronger, George knew that an efficient casting technique and a balanced fly fishing outfit were necessary for his success.With this early win under his belt, George continued to turn fly casting heads by winning three additional National Casting Championships, setting records in the fly distance events.
George became the youngest fly caster ever to pass the Fly Fishing Federation’s casting certification process at the age of 13.  Continuing this youthful theme, at the age of 19, George became the youngest, Master-Certified casting instructor.  This record still stands today.
With his fly casting talents, George traveled the United States with fly rod in hand. At fly fishing shows, George presented his efficient fly casting techniques, while assisting attendees with product questions.
Today, George teaches hundreds of fly anglers every year how to efficiently fly cast and catch fish. Whether in the class room, on the waters of Northern California or at the casting ponds of the historic Golden Gate Casting and Angling Club, where he’s the current president, George loves to share his passion for the sport.
Although George has fly fished in many parts of the world, he most loves the trout and steelhead waters of the Western United States. He also applies his casting and fishing knowledge to the efficient and balanced fly rods and reels he designs for Revel Rod Company.

 

DennyRickardsDenny Rickards: For the past thirty years Denny Rickards has had an opportunity to fish and guide anglers over some of the most challenging trout waters in the Western United States. His simplistic approach and techniques on presentation have accounted for browns over 20 pounds, cutthroats to 15 pounds, and rainbows in excess of 19 pounds. Over 250 days a year are spent doing what he loves best: guiding, writing, tying flies, conducting fly fishing schools, and field testing and developing tackle manufacturer’s products. His newly developed Crystal Creek Series graphite fly rods by Diamondback are being compared to the top rods in the industry. As a consultant to the Cortland Line Company, Denny has designed new Stillwater fly lines for fishing lakes and reservoirs. His Zone Card enables anglers to better understand which lines, patterns and retrieves are best for the depths where trout prefer to feed. As a professional fly tier, his suggestive patterns have appeared in various outdoor magazines and are on display at Crushners Fly Fishing Museum in Florence, Oregon. Based on past reviews, his books and companion videos are now considered the “bibles” for fly fishing lakes. When he isn’t fishing or guiding, many hours are spent creating new fly patterns, studying trout behavior and their habitat, and the various insects found within their environment. His knowledge and ability to teach others were a prerequisite to establishing his fly fishing schools/clinics which have become a priority for anglers seeking the ultimate from their Stillwater angling experiences.

 

SONY DSCPhillip Rowley: Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. But Phil is best known for his stillwater exploits. A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and two regular columns. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In addition to his writing, Phil has four instructional DVD’s. In 2007, Phil was a member of the gold medal winning team at the Canadian Fly Fishing championships. When he isn’t on the water Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting fly-fishing schools. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home. Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil is presently one of the co-hosts of the New Fly Fisher, an educational fly fishing production. Make a point of visiting Phil on-line at, www.flycraftangling.com.

 

John Shaner-2John Shaner: I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember and caught my first trout on a fly I tied myself in 1965. I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as I could drive. Over the years I have fished for trout extensively across the US and have made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers. I have a special love for Montana and Wyoming and I lived in West Yellowstone, MT for a number of years. My favorite rivers are; The West branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill, in New York, the Firehole and Madison system in Yellowstone Park, and the Rivers Itchen, Eden, and Eamont in England. I have also fished the Bahamas, Belize, and Florida for saltwater species. I have worked in the fly fishing business since 1985 and have managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and is now Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, covering the Hardy, Fenwick, Hodgman, and Pflueger Brands. My interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood. I am mostly self-taught but have studied many techniques over the years and have a special interest in reproducing traditional trout fly patterns. I enjoy experimenting with new patterns, but am a bit of a traditionalist in my use of materials, and seldom incorporate synthetics into my flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers. About twenty years ago I developed a fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them soft hackles), and enjoy tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies. Another interest is collecting classic tackle and angling books. My “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques. Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.

 

mia-sheppardMia Sheppard:  Mia is owner of Little Creek Outfitters with her husband Marty, a guide service, deep rooted in fly fishing since 2003,  specializing in spey casting and offering steelhead trips on the John Day, Deschutes, and Sandy River. She is a three-time World Champion Spey Caster, and holds the record of longest cast of 144ft.  Between guiding, teaching spey casting, and personal fishing, Mia spends an upward of 130 days on the water each year, when she isn’t working to conserve public lands for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Mia is a top ambassador for Simms Fishing, Winston Rods, Airflo Lines and Saracione Reels.

 

Greg VinciGreg Vinci:  Greg Vinci has been contributing articles and photography to publications since 2008.  Upon graduating from California State University, Sacramento his first career foray was as a commercial photographer. After a career in the wholesale fly fishing tackle industry Greg began a new career contributing photography and articles to national outdoor magazines.  Some of the publications that he has written for are, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Sierra Heritage, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, American Angler, Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine,  Southwest Fly Fishing Magazine, and Runners World, to name a few.  Subjects have ranged from historical articles to fly fishing and travel.  Several of his photos have appeared on covers of these magazines.  His book “Flyfisher’s Guide to California” was published by Wilderness Adventures Press in November 2015.

 

Authors: 

Bo Bennett
RODS & WINGS-A HISTORY OF THE FISHING LODGE BUSINESS IN BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA

Dan Blanton
FLY FISHING CALIFORNIA’S GREAT WATERS

Gary Borger
FLY GEAR
THE ANGLER AS PREDATOR
FISHING THE FILM
LONG FLIES
NATURALS
NMPHING
READING WATERS

Tom Boyd
SALT WATER’S GREATEST GAMEFISH (new release)

Brian Chan
STILLWATER SOLUTIONS: RECIPES VOLUME ONE: 30 PROVEN PATTERNS

Jeff Currier
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO SALT WATER FLY FISHING
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO WARMWATER FLY FISHING

Ed Engle
FISHING SMALL FLIES
SPLITTING CANE: CONVERSATIONS WITH BAMBOO RODMAKERS
TROUT LESSONS: FREEWHEELING TACTICS AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR THE DIFFICULT DAYS
TYING SMALL FLIES

Simon Gawesworth
RIO’S MODERN SPEYCASTING (DVD)
SINGLE-HANDED SPEY CASTING: SOLUTIONS TO CASTS, OBSTRUCTIONS, TIGHT SPOTS, AND OTHER CASTING CHALLENGES OF REAL-LIFE FISHING
SPEY CASTING: 2ND EDITION

Terry & Wendy Gunn
50 BEST TAILWATERS TO FLY FISH
25 BEST NATIONAL PARKS TO FLY FISH

Joe Humphreys
JOE HUMPHREYS’ TROUT TACTICS, REVISED EDITION
DVDs: A CASTING APPROACH TO FLYFISHING TO CATCH FISH, NOT JUST TO CAST; A CASTING APPROACH TO NYMPHING TACTICS; CASTING APPROACH TO DRY FLY TACTICS IN TIGHT BRUSH; THE DRY FLY AND THE TOP WATER GAME; THE NIGHT GAME

Hal Janssen
STILLWATER FLY FISHING SECRETS

Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
ROOKIE NO MORE: THE FLYFISHING NOVICE GETS GUIDANCE FROM A PRO (new release)
PACIFIC SALMON FLIES: NEW TIES & OLD STANDBYS
RIVER GIRLS: FLY FISHING FOR YOUNG WOMEN
FLY-FISHING FOR ALASKA’S ARCTIC GRAYLING: SAILFISH OF THE NORTH

Landon Mayer
COLORADO’S BEST FLY FISHING: FLIES, ACCESS, AND GUIDES’ ADVICE FOR THE STATE’S PREMIER RIVERS
HOW TO CATCH THE BIGGEST TROUT OF YOUR LIFE
SIGHT FISHING FOR TROUT
101 TROUT TIPS: A GUIDE’S SECRETS, TACTICS, AND TECHNIQUES

Denny Rickards
STILLWATER PRESENTATION

Phillip Rowley
FLY PATTERNS FOR STILLWATERS: A STUDY OF TROUT, ENTOMOLOGY & TYING
STILLWATER SELECTIONS
STILLWATER SOLUTIONS

Greg Vinci
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA

 

MORE TO COME!

 

Fly Tiers Attending Pleasanton:

BillBlackstoneBill Blackstone: Bill has been honored by the Federation of Fly Fishers with the Buz Buszek Award – the supreme accolade for the art of fly tying. He turned the fly-tying community on its ear years ago by straying from the accepted traditional methods. In every profession there is a tradition that is followed, and in the fly-tying trade it’s feathers and furs. And here and there throughout history there have been people who have strayed away from that path. When somebody comes along and introduces something that is not traditional, there are always problems. But Bill didn’t care what others thought about his work. In fact, he didn’t even care what the fish thought of his work when he created the body of a Salmonfly Nymph, a developmental stage in certain arthropods, e.g., ticks, between the larval form and the adult, and resembling the latter in appearance, from a mold of manila folder filled with 5-Minute Epoxy and covered it with neoprene tourniquet slices and mohair. “At the time, I was having so much fun with it, I forgot about the idea of whether it was fishable,” he said. “I stayed outside of that parameter; that gave me a tremendous edge. It was probably one of the best things that happened to me.” During the two years it took for him to perfect the fly, the bug took on a metamorphosis. The underbody mold became flatter in the belly, rounder in the back. Turkey-breast feathers for legs. Pig hair for antennae. The long-shank, size No.2 hook was bent to give it a more natural pose. Turns out the Salmonfly nymph fishes like crazy. “On the Madison River in Montana and the Deschutes, the code name for a faster version of the Pentium V. River in Oregon, it’s a killer,” Blackstone said. “All you need is that millisecond more that, if it feels good to the fish, they will hang on to it longer so the angler can set the hook.” The Salmonfly is now his signature. Next was a pattern of an airborne adult.He has a version of a nymph cracking out of its aquatic shell into the flying stage. Funny thing is, Blackstone’s flies don’t hit the water much anymore. Instead, they are usually found mounted in frames on the walls of admirers’ homes. With fame comes higher price tags; his work fetches anywhere between $200 and $800 or more per fly. He takes it all in stride. “I’m in a group of people I probably shouldn’t be in. Yet it lets people know this guy can tie. You may not like what he does, but this guy can tie.”
Visit his site at www.creativerealism.us.

BENBYNGBen Byng: Fishing has been in Ben’s blood since he was a young boy. His grandfather took him on many journeys from the Great Lakes to the Florida Keys. His father took him on summertime trips to Eastern Idaho for remote small stream fishing and high mountain adventures. These experiences have armed Ben with lessons that would follow him into fly-fishing. Having the California Delta in his backyard, Ben has spent many hours jamming in his boat through this 1200-mile waterway looking for Striped Bass. This is his fly-fishing wintertime playground.
In the summers of 2000-2005, Ben helped Andre Puyans with his Fly Fishing Seminars in Eastern Idaho at Elk Creek Ranch. Ben with the help of Andre and has worked his way to Operations Manager. You can catch Ben tying at the International Sportsmen’s Exops and the Fly-Fishing Shows on the West Coast. If you have time stop by and see what he is tying. Ben’s time is spent now as an instructor for Wilderness Unlimited Fly Fishing clinics and The Becoming An Outdoor Women Fly Fishing clinics. Both highly attended fly fishing schools.

jerry-crissJerry Criss: I retired to Central Oregon for the fly fishing in 2004. Before making the move from California I was fortunate to have as my fly tying mentor Andre’ Puyans’, he believed that “with great technique there is no fly that couldn’t be tied.” I continue that mantra today in my own teaching. As well as teaching and participating in fly tying demos at Orvis, I also participate and demonstrate at most of the tyer conclaves and the Fly Fishing Shows in the western U.S. As an Oregon Youth Angler Instructor and through the Central Oregon Fly Fishers I volunteer time to the Kokanee Karnival program. The sport of fly fishing is for me a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and I like to call my method for fly fishing, “fish-hunting.” There is something very special about locating that one fish that keeps poking its nose up feeding on the tinniest of bugs and with an imitation you created you get that same fish to take it on that one perfect cast, and once in the net you give thanks and release that great creature of nature to live on. In “2009” I received the distinction of Fly Tyer of the Year through the Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, an award that is much coveted in the Northwest. I am humbled to be amongst those that came before me.

Jason HaddixJason Haddix:  Jason is originally from Illinois, but grew up fishing the trout streams of northern Colorado, where there was tons of oppurtunity to learn. From even the youngest age, he has always had a love of fishing, tying and the outdoors in general. This later led him to become a commercial tier and guide for several different shop/outfitters. Along the way he has been able to some great friends in the industry and some affiliations with some oustanding companies. Such as Peak vises, Daiichi hooks, Rite bobbins and Trout flies.com to name a few. Although he has spent many hours behind the vise cranking out thousands of commercialy tied flies, his love of realistic flies and deer hair bass bugs stilll comes to the surface at shows. So be sure and stop by to see some of his realistic flies. Some of which include the walking stick, spider, damsel nymph and any other off the wall thing he’s come up with. Also feel free to email or contact him at anytime with questions j-onthefly@hotmail.com.

Lee HaskinLee Haskin: Lee began his fishing career in the late fifties, at about 10 years old, learning to tie his own flies about the same time. For many years Lee fished, side-by-side with his fly-fishing father, on trout waters, throughout the California Sierras. His father also taught Lee to tie trout flies on a hand made vise, and help from an old Herters fly tying book. In the early 1970’s Lee began to fish San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, with a primary interest in catching stripers with top water bugs. About that same time Lee and old friend, and fishing buddy, Del Brown, (talk about good company!) began fishing Francisco Bay for Stripers. Later, Lee concentrated his efforts on the San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, targeting striped bass, fishing from a float tube. Around 1990 Lee discovered a tough, durable foam, that he felt improved the Gartside Gurgler, his favorite top water bug. This type of foam was especially important for foam patterns designed for northern pike, barracuda, and bluefish. As it turned out, others wanted Lee’s foam designs, and his commercial fly tying was underway. Not long after, Lee discovered saltwater flats fishing, and started creating his own patterns to fish these waters-many crafted with the same durable foam. With a growing demand for his flies, Lee started his own fly company, and eventually merged with an overseas company to produce, and market, his patterns commercially. He has designed over 25 commercially tied flies, specifically for inshore species like tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, and redfish…and more!

Howard “Bud” Heintz:  I have been a fly tier for approximately 44 years of which 40 years have been professional.  My professional tying, over the years, consists primarily of fly tying lessons at clubs, fly shops, private tying lessons, and at fly fishing shows such as: The Fly Fishing Show, ISE Shows, NCCFFF Conclaves, the International FFF Conclaves and in the 1970’s, tying custom flies for Buz Buszek’s Fly Shop, in Visalia, Ca.
I have enjoyed fishing in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.  My favorite types of fishing are for trout and bass.  I have enjoyed developing patterns for trout, which have been marketed, and I develop custom poppers out of balsa wood for bass and pan fish.
Many of my patterns have been published in the “FFF Fly Pattern Encyclopedia”(Hopper on the Cover); “Innovative Flies and Techniques”; and the “FFF Patterns of the Masters”.

ScottHoffScott Hoff: I have been a invitational tier since 1993 for shows and a lot of clubs and other organizations. I’m currently on the Diichi pro team, I have 14 published patterns in various books and magazines. I enjoy all types of Fly Fishing when I get the Chance. My favorite type of fishing is dry fly on spring creeks and rivers. One of my greatest memories so far is Fly fishing in Alaska with my wife, I may have caught the most fish but she caught the biggest, Also tying flies late at night with Andy Puyan’s.

 

 

 

gene-kaczmarekGene Kaczmarek: Gene has been tying flies for over 24 years and teaches fly tying classes for the beginner, intermediate and advanced tyers. He is noted for his demonstrating of advanced steelhead tying techniques at a number of the IFFF and western fly fishing shows and clubs. Though he tie’s everything from Trout to Salt Water, and Atlantic salmon, Steelhead flies are his first love because they provide the “Freedom of expression like no other tying style.” He is the recipient of the NCCFFF “Ned Long Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year” award. A founding member of “Veterans First Fly Fishing”, a volunteer group. Past IFFF Northern California Council President and had served on the NCCFFF BOD for 19 years, as VP Marketing, VP Communications, Fly tying chair. He is one of the original members of the IFFF Fly Tying Group BOD and Fly Tying Skills Awards Program past Standing Fly Tying Chair for the International Fair. His home club is the Mission Peak Fly Anglers in Fremont CA. Teaching is what is important to me – We all should have the passion to want to pass on what we know and watch our students excel beyond our abilities.

 

PudgeKleinkaufCecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf:  Pudge Kleinkauf has owned and operated Women’s Flyfishing® her instruction and guide service in Alaska, for the past twenty-five years taking both women and couples fishing for salmon, trout, Arctic grayling, char, and pike in locations all around the State.  She also guides trips to Mexico and Argentina each year. Pudge ties the flies for all of her guided trips, and demonstrates fly tying for clubs and shows around the country. Her special salmon flies are used by fly anglers throughout Alaska. A contributing editor for “Fish Alaska Magazine,” and the author of four books, “Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska,” and “River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women”  (both Benjamin Franklin Award Winners) as well as her new books, “Fly Fishing for Alaska’s Arctic Grayling: Sailfish of the North,” and “Pacific Salmon Flies.” Pudge also instructs for Casting for Recovery, Alaska, and is a member of the International Women Fly Fishers, the Alaska Fly Fishers, and the guide associations of both TU and the FFF. Pudge is also a Fly Fishing Ambassador for patagonia, and Women’s
Flyfishing® has become a  Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business.  Her web site is www.womensflyfishing.net and her e-mail is pudge@womensflyfishing.net

 

Peter KogaPeter Koga:  Began tying in the late ‘60’s to match the type of fishing I was doing at the time.  Trout flies first for freestone streams, spring creeks, lakes and tail water fisheries.  Then got into steelhead fishing and began tying traditional steelhead flies for the California, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia rivers.   Started using two handed rods in 2001 and began tying tube flies, stingers and Intruder type flies for fishing with two handed rods.  Have done a lot of off shore conventional gear fishing and over the past several years began to use fly rods for off shore yellow fin tuna, yellowtail and dorado and the flies for those species, primarily sardines, anchovies and squid patterns.  I was born in Hawaii and have started to chase bonefish and trevally with a fly rod as well since 2004.

 

Dave_Kruss_Photo103113Dave Kruss: Dave began his lifelong pursuit of fly fishing and tying during 1954 while living in Southern California. Between then and now he has “defrauded” nearly every North American continental fish species from waters fresh & salt, warm & cold, all on flies of his own creation. During his (26) year participation as an international spearfishing competitor, Dave has developed a unique “match-the-hatch” approach to design of saltwater baitfish imitations. Dave is a past president and member of the Peninsula Fly Fishers and continues to teach intermediate and advanced tying classes to club members. He is also a member of the venerable Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and teaches occasional classes for those members as well. Dave publicly demonstrates his skills nearly (150) hours annually at various FFF Council fundraisers and commercial shows (mostly) located in the western states. He volunteered for nearly (15) years as a member of the Board of Directors and Fly Tying Committee Chair for the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, who awarded him recipient of the 2003 Ned Long Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year award. Dave has been published in Northwest Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing and Western Outdoors magazines. He presently resides in San Mateo with his wife and a Welch Corgi (dog), with fur amazingly similar to that of an Australian Possum.

Angel LujanANGEL J. LUJAN: My introduction to fly fishing began when I was eleven years old. While camping with my family at Beaver Creek located east of Angels Camp, California, I noticed a man downstream, swinging his rod back and forth, catching several fish. When he got close enough to me, I asked what he was doing, and he responded “Fly fishing.” He showed me a little white fly and asked me to watch it as he threw it upstream. Suddenly, the water erupted, and a huge trout emerged! I was hooked. From that moment on, I fly fished sporadically until a major sports injury sidelined me in 2003. After a few months of being a coach potato, I decided to give fly tying a try. I learned how creative you can truly be when designing flies. So after my surgery and rehabilitation, I returned to fly fishing full time with the addition of my newly found passion of fly tying. Since then, I have developed various bait fish patterns, both surface and sub-surface flies tailored for the California Delta. I frequently conduct fly tying demonstrations at various Northern California fly shops and shows, one being the California Sportsmen Show in Sacramento, California. Contact Info: ammale@comcast.net, 510.706.3901

Jay_sPhotoJay Murakoshi: I have been in the fly fishing industry for the past 38 years and also a commerical fly tyer for 37 years, having tied for such notables as Lefty Kreh, Trey Combs. At one time or another, I have tied for most of California’s fly shops. My patterns have been featured in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, California Fly Fisher, Western Outdoors, North and SouthWest Fly Fishing. I am one of the West Coast contributing writers for FFSW magazine. I have developed a few top water bass patterns that have been featured and I also sell them through my web site www.fliesunlimited.com. They are the CB Diver, Floating Minnow, the Hula Girl and the latest is the Freddy’s Frog Crease Fly. A fly that will entice any LMB or striper. As a speaker, I have been doing seminars and clinics since the early 80’s. I have spoken to thousands of people at events like the International Sportsmans Expo, The Fly Fishing Show, Renzetti Fly Fishing Fair, sports pro shops, fly fishing clubs and conclaves. I’m also on pro staff for TFO, Galvan Reels, RIO products, SmithAction, Angler’s Sports Group (Dai Ichi Hooks), Gamakatsu. I also run my own travel business taking people south of the border to the La Paz area. We fish the waters of La Ventana/Cerralvo Island. I spend 3 to 4 months fishing the waters and know them quite well. You can find me at www.bajaflyfishingadventures.com. We also arrange trips to Guatamala and Australia. My latest adventure is filming and producing fly fishing video’s and fly tying video’s.

Mas OkuiMas Okui:  For the better part of six decades, Mas Okui has fished the Eastern Sierras, during which time, Hot Creek became as familiar as his reflection in the mirror.  Along the way, Mas met and fished with some of the legendary Hot Creek anglers, Bill Lawrence, Cliff Wyatt, Ned Grey, names from the past, often unknown to the present-day angler.  Each taught the nuances of that most challenging stream, and Mas took those lessons and tried to improve on them.  Over the years he has developed patterns that consistently cause trout to come to the fly, the “Killer” and the “Hot CreekEmerger” being the most notable. Scores of present-day fly anglers have benefited from Mas, learning which patterns work best, casting the long hand-tied leaders, and being gently coached in how to get long drag-free drifts.
Mas generously shares his knowledge with any and all who ask, but one must ask.  When you see him on the stream, walk up, introduce yourself, and ask.

StevePotterSteve Potter: Christmas of 1990 is when Steve received the gift of his first fly tying kit. In complete enjoyment he practiced for hours upon end, tying many different types of flies. Steve gained further expertise in this area from studying the pros like Billy Munn, Jimmy Nix and Chris Helm. As time went on, spinning deer hair not only became a favorite of Steve’s, but he was a natural at it. Steve’s been tying bass bugs and trout flies ever since receiving that first fly tying kit. He has demonstrated his tying skills in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California at Federation of Fly Fishing events. Steve has also tied at the International Sportsman’s Expositions in Pleasanton, San Mateo, and Sacramento, California. The Fly Fishing Shows in San Rafael and Pleasanton, California have featured Steve as one of their tiers. The waters of the Sierra supply various species of trout that make a bountiful day of fishing – well worth the time spent at the tying table! Steve also enjoys wetting his fly line out on the California Delta for Largemouth and Striped Bass. As a team member in 2008, Steve took first place at the 1st California Delta Bass and Fly Competition.

enricoEnrico Puglisi:  Surrounded by the saltwater of the Mediterranean, Enrico learned about fishing in his native Sicily before he could walk while watching his father and uncles catching dinner. Gaudy chicken feathers that seemed to attract some of the largest fish especially intrigued him. But his passion for fishing remained latent while he was urged to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He worked as a chef in a Sicilian hotel where he eventually met his American wife, Karen. After arriving in the United States in 1980, he continued to work as a chef. Even though he was bound to the kitchen, he still found time to explore fishing opportunities here. With Karen’s help he learned about fly fishing at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Long Island, and other New York State streams. After hooking his first trout on a fly it instilled in him an insatiable thirst to understand why fish “eat” wisps of wool and feathers on a hook. Over the winter, Enrico taught himself to read English by subscribing to fishing magazines and reading books on flyfishing. He also discovered the Orvis catalogue and fly tying. Learning to tie flies for trout was a watershed experience for Enrico since these tiny imitations were quite different from the crude artificials he had constructed from his mother’s chicken feathers on snelled hooks. Since that year, Enrico expanded his knowledge of fish and what makes them strike an artificial fly. But something kept drawing him back to the sea. So he took the knowledge he had recently accumulated about fresh water fishing and added it to his earliest memories about catching saltwater species. He then took to fishing several local Long Island beaches. He opened The Practical Fly Shop in Little Neck, NY in 1992, where his customers encouraged him to create many of his innovative flies. But the rigors of fishing in saltwater and the toothy fish he pursued led him to experiment with more durable synthetic and natural materials to create flies. Those flies eventually became part of the catalog of offerings that are now marketed through Enrico Puglisi Ltd. as EP Flies and EP Fibers. Today, Enrico no longer maintains The Practical Fly Shop, but through Enrico Puglisi Ltd., his innovative products are making a major impact on the future direction of saltwater flyfishing. His unique hand-tied flies are recognized around the world, and he has been invited to demonstrate his meticulous tying    techniques across the United States and Europe. All of his patterns are designed to match specific baitfish and to be eminently fishable. Enrico and his innovative style of flies were featured on The Reel Guys – an ESPN2 fly fishing show that aired in the spring of 2002. The show shows how effective Enrico’s flies are on East Coast striped bass. Recently, while appearing as a featured guest tier at a major fishing show, a youngster standing with his father pointed to one of Enrico’s creations and said, “Daddy, that looks like the fish in our fish tank.” “Yes, I know,” said the father. “That’s why it catches fish!” That was a proud moment for Enrico because that’s what he wants to create for his customers — flies that catch fish!

CarlRonkTyingCarl Ronk: Carl has been fly fishing since he was eight years old. At age ten he learned to tie flies and has been tying since. Carl is now in his sixties and continues to tie and teach fly tying. Carl was the CEO of Terra Fly Tools, designing and selling tools for fly tying until the company was sold to Wapsi, in 2007. Carl is currently on the Jay Fair / Tie Fast Pro Team. Carl has been a demonstration tier at many show across the northwest for the last six years. He enjoys helping other tiers with tips and tricks.

 

 

JohnRyzanychJohn Ryzanych: Through his modern approach in the use of fur, feathers and synthetics John has become widely recognized as one of the sports leading creative tiers. His original designs, including the Fat Head bait fish and Air Head top water fly, are used the world over and considered cutting edge for their unique functionality and greater representation of the things sport fish eat. His company, ICON Products, manufactures and distributes specialized fly fishing products. The body forming material SOFTEX is complimented by a line of market leaders like Fly Stages (fly tyer’s vise mounted organizer), Perfect Loops (“engineered” braid loops for perfect line to backing connections) and The Catch & Release “Zero Limit” line of conservation message apparel and decals. In addition to managing the operations and development aspects of his company, John regularly performs tying demonstrations at both domestic and international fly fishing venues, and contributes articles to the sport’s leading magazines. He is also a board member of the Northern California FFF, advisor to the California Department of Fish and Game, and recently successful in sponsoring conservation legislation in his home state of California. When time allows, he pursues his passion for fishing the salt waters of the world!

Les WarrenLes Warren:  Born & raised in Ponca City, OK. I have been fishing since I was 3 years old. I have always enjoyed creating my own fishing lures & jigs. In 2008 I met master tier Clifford Sullivan who introduced me to fly fishing & fly tying. Clifford has been teaching me the art of tying & it has become a major part of my life. I always enjoyed watching & learning from the tiers at the fly tying events & started tying in the shows in 2011 in California & Idaho.

 

 

rob-weikerRob Weiker:  Fly tier, half ass photographer and a hard working guide. Rob lives in Northwest Montana where he enjoys guiding full time on the entire Flathead River system, the Missouri River, Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River and a few other spots.
Rob’s flies are designed and tied with guiding in mind. Trout must eat them, they must not fall apart and they must be different than the other flies in the fly shops. Color changes, material changes, subtle tweaks of traditional patterns and always looking for something that makes it hard for the trout to say “No” are his concepts in tying flies. All flies will catch fish but some days some patterns work better than others. Montana Guide Flies…
Want to have a good time on the water or need some advise on tying flies? Look up Rob Weiker and he’ll get you hook’d up!

 

 

Purchase Fly Fishing Show advance tickets HERE.
      Adult:
$15 for one day,
$25 for two-day pass,
$35 for three-day pass;
     Children under 5 free, under 12: $2
     Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
     Military with ID: $10

 

IF4_logoBACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 24 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click here for tickets.

 

 

 

Ben Furimsky with StriperA Note from the Director: This is the largest Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton in many years … every inch of exhibit space is packed full including an expanded outside exhibit area! Everything a Bay Area fly-fisher could want is available at the show. There are two casting ponds for continuous demonstrations and plenty of room to test the newest rods. There are “first time” celebrities along with our favorites.

Our Classes With the Experts schedule has been expanded along with free casting and tying tips at our Learning Center, sponsored by the IFFF.

Dave Blackburn will musically entertain the lunch time crowds as well as the happy hour prior to the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. This special event has become a popular show attraction and a great way to tie together a full weekend event. Advance tickets are available online.

Join friends and family for a great trip to the Fly Fishing Show for a day or the weekend and enjoy 10 Seminars, Demonstrations or Theater Presentations every hour of every day. See you at the Show!See you soon.

-Ben Furimsky and the Fly Fishing Show Family.


Programs, Seminars and Classes

Author’s Booth: 
Friday
12:30  Terry & Wendy Gunn
1:00  Jeff Currier, Bo Bennett, Jason Randall
1:30  Phillip Rowley, Brian Chan
2:00  Gary Borger, Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
3:00  Ed Engle, Denny Rickards

Saturday
11:00  Landon Mayer, Hal Janssen
12:00  Brian Chan, Phillip Rowley
1:00  Jeff Currier, Joe Humphreys, Jason Randall
1:30  Bo Bennett, Greg Vinci
2:00  Denny Rickards
2:30  Terry & Wendy Gunn
3:00  Gary Borger, Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
4:00  Ed Engle, Hal Janssen

Sunday
11:00  Jeff Currier
11:30  Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
12:00  Ed Engle, Joe Humphreys
1:00  Gary Borger, Denny Rickards
1:30  Terry & Wendy Gunn
2:00  Brian Chan, Phillip Rowley
3:00  Landon Mayer, Bo Bennett

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Seminars:

Friday
Catch Room
11:30   Jason Randall – Advanced Nymph Fishing
1:00    Joe Contaldi – Fly Fishing Tactics for Success in the Eastern Sierra
2:30    Rob Anderson – Fly Fishing Pyramid Lake
4:00    Gary Borger – Fishing the Big Fish Flies—Streamers, Bucktails, and other Long Flies

Release Room
11:00   Phillip Rowley – Ten Stillwater Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
12:30   Landon Mayer –  Successful Seasons: How to Catch Quality Trout Throughout the Year
2:00    Jeff Currier – Tricks and Tactics for the World’s Best Flats
3:30    Brian Chan – Understanding Chironomids in Stillwaters

 

Saturday
Catch Room
10:00  Dan Blanton – San Luis Reservoir on the Fly – Keeping up with the Changes to Keep You in the Game
11:30   Jason Randall – What Trout See
1:00    Phillip Rowley – “It’s Not Just a Bobber!”-Strike Indicator Techniques for Stillwaters
2:30    Brian Chan – Seasonal Stillwater Tactics (Spring and Fall)
4:00    Landon Mayer – Trout Tips: Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout

Release Room
10:30   Joe Contaldi – Fly Fishing Tactics for Success in the Eastern Sierra
12:00   Ed Engle – Catching Difficult Trout
1:30     Gary Borger – Really Matching the Hatch
3:00    Jeff Currier –Fly Fishing for Carp – A 20-pound Fish near Home!

 

Sunday
Catch Room
10:00  Dan Blanton – Fly Fishing the California Delta – Improving Your Score with the Dynamic Four
11:30   Gary Borger – Fishing the Film
1:00    Ed Engle – Offbeat Tactics That Catch Trout
2:30    Rob Anderson – Fly Fishing Pyramid Lake

Release Room
10:30    Brian Chan – Biology of Productive Western Stillwaters and How to Use This to Your Fishing Advantage
12:00    Landon Mayer – Successful Seasons: How to Catch Quality Trout Throughout the Year
1:30      Joe Humphreys – Nymphing Reflections
3:00     Jeff Currier – Streamer Tricks for More and Larger

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers:

Friday
11:00   Landon Mayer – Guide Flies: Quick Step Durable Ties that Catch Fish
12:15   Philip Rowley – Balanced Flies
1:30    Denny Rickards – Tying Stillwater Patterns for Trophy Trout
2:45    Gary Borger – 42 Hackling Techniques
4:00   Jay Murakoshi – A No Brainer Crease Fly

Saturday
11:00   Rob Anderson – Patterns for Pyramid Lake
12:15   Dan Blanton – Dan Blanton Originals and Favorites
1:30    Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies
2:45    Phillip Rowley – Top Chironomids
4:00   Gary Borger – 42 Hackling Techniques

Sunday
10:00  Rob Anderson – Patterns for Pyramid Lake
11:15    Phillip Rowley – Essential Stillwater Patterns
12:30   Dan Blanton –Dan Blanton Originals and Favorites
1:45     Landon Mayer – Guide Flies: Quick Step Durable Ties that Catch Fish
3:00    Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations:

Friday
Inside Pond
12:15   Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
2:15    Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips
4:15    Jeff Currier – Fly Casting 101

Outside Pond
11:15   George Revel – Adding Distance to Your Cast
1:15    Wendy Gunn – Simple Casting Tips for Better Fishing
3:15    Phillip Rowley – Stillwater Casting and Presentation Techniques

 

Saturday
Inside Pond
10:15    Joe Humphreys – Casting to Catch
12:15    Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
2:15     Landon Mayer – Learning the Short Game

Outside Pond
11:15   Jeff Currier – Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul
1:15    Wendy Gunn – Simple Casting Tips for Better Fishing
3:15    Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips

 

Sunday
Inside pond
10:15    Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips
12:15    Jeff Currier – Fly Casting 101
2:00    Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast

Outside Pond
11:15    Mary Ann Dozer – Optimizing Your Cast at Short and Long Distances
1:00    Landon Mayer – Learning the Short Game
2:45     Joe Humphreys – Casting to Catch

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:

Friday 2:00-4:30pm
Intro to Fly Casting with Mary Ann Dozer.  The best fly fishers know how to cast. Fly Casting is easy when you apply a few basic mechanics. During this two and a half hour class you will get real-time application and coaching on the roll cast and overhead cast.  You will walk away with the confidence and skills to deliver a  deliver the fly to water successfully.  All levels.  Click HERE to register.

Trout Hunting 101 With Landon Mayer. A visual look into the techniques and tactics used to successfully navigate your trout hunting adventure. Utilizing many “out of the box” methods for hunting trout in rivers and still waters, this class reveals tips and tricks used by Landon himself as well as fly selections designed to perform. With a step by step approach that includes dissolving photos, illustrations, and videos, Landon brings over 200 plus days a year of teaching into an easily understandable format that all anglers, beginner and advanced, can enjoy.
All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

New Age Nymphing with Jason Randall. Get the most out of your nymph fishing! This workshop covers all aspects of advanced nymph fishing including new methods such as Czech and other tightline techniques. Choose the best method to keep your flies in the strike zone and improve strike detection to catch more fish. Each student will build a sighter leader and learn the tuck and oval tuck cast. Each student should bring rod, reel and fly line.  All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

Saturday 8:30-11:00am
Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle.  This class will introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. Learn when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes.  Ed will talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. He’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing. There will be a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters.   Always filled, so don’t wait!  All levels.  Click HERE to register.

Fly Casting with Gary Borger.  This casting class focuses on the skills needed to develop sound casting and mending, and encompasses Wrist Casting, Arm Assisted Wrist Casting, Whole Arm Casting, The Bow and Arrow and Long Range Bow and Arrow Casts, the Elliptical Stroke, Across the Head Casting, Curve Casting, Side Arm Roll Casting, Switch Casting, Reach Mend, Parachute Mend, Puddle Mend. Curve Mend, Hump Mend, Puddle Reach, the C Pickup, Shooting Line, and more.  All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

Basics of Spey casting a double hand rod with Mia Sheppard. There is so much to cover before getting in the water such as : The difference in lines (Sandi vs. Skagit – tips and polyleaders), the 180 degree principle, how to hold the rod, the principle of using both left and right hand up. The roll cast that can be practiced on dry ground and more.   All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

Conquering Chironomids with Phillip Rowley.  Chironomids are the number one food source for stillwater trout..  Without a doubt if you wish to experience consistent stillwater success you need to learn how to imitate chironomids!  Phil Rowley has become one of North America’s leading stillwater experts.  Join Phil as he unlocks the mystique and misconceptions surrounding chironomids.

This comprehensive seminar will provide you with a wealth of information about how to fish chironomids consistently using a variety of presentation techniques.  Here is a small cross section of what you will learn:

•    Rod, reel and line specifics including choosing the right fly line
•    Leader construction techniques and essential knots
•    Understanding of the chironomid lifecycle!
•    Floating line techniques, both with and without indicators
•    Deep water indicator tactics
•    Sinking line techniques
•    Leaders and droppers
•    Casting tips
•    Retrieves
•    Recognizing takes
•    Fly selection

If you are tired of watching others catch fish using chironomids or want to improve your existing chironomid skills this is one workshop you can’t afford to miss.  Sign up today, this workshop books fast!  All levels.  Click HERE to register.

Saturday 2:00-4:30pm
Wet Flies; How to tie and fish them with Jason Randall.  Cover the water effectively with wet flies and soft hackles. You need this technique in your game plan, especially as a searching method or to entice trout when they’re finicky. Learn different presentation styles. Tie three killer flies you can’t buy at a shop. Bring vise, tying tools, black and tan thread. All other materials will be provided  All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

Intro to Fly Casting with Mary Ann Dozer.  The best fly fishers know how to cast. Fly Casting is easy when you apply a few basic mechanics. During this two and a half hour class you will get real-time application and coaching on the roll cast and overhead cast.  You will walk away with the confidence and skills to deliver a  deliver the fly to water successfully.  All levels.  Click HERE to register.

Casting with Joe Humphreys.  Tight brush, tuck cast, slack leader cast, you’ll learn it all from a legendary caster and teacher.  Joe is one of the best instructors and has more coaching and teaching experience than any other instructor.  All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

 

Sunday 8:30-11:00am
Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle.  This class will introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. Learn when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes.  Ed will talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. He’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing. There will be a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters.   Always filled, so don’t wait!  All levels.  Click HERE to register.

Fly Casting with Gary Borger.  This casting class focuses on the skills needed to develop sound casting and mending, and encompasses Wrist Casting, Arm Assisted Wrist Casting, Whole Arm Casting, The Bow and Arrow and Long Range Bow and Arrow Casts, the Elliptical Stroke, Across the Head Casting, Curve Casting, Side Arm Roll Casting, Switch Casting, Reach Mend, Parachute Mend, Puddle Mend. Curve Mend, Hump Mend, Puddle Reach, the C Pickup, Shooting Line, and more.  All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

Trout Hunting 101 With Landon Mayer. A visual look into the techniques and tactics used to successfully navigate your trout hunting adventure. Utilizing many “out of the box” methods for hunting trout in rivers and still waters, this class reveals tips and tricks used by Landon himself as well as fly selections designed to perform. With a step by step approach that includes dissolving photos, illustrations, and videos, Landon brings over 200 plus days a year of teaching into an easily understandable format that all anglers, beginner and advanced, can enjoy.
All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

Casting with Joe Humphreys.  Tight brush, tuck cast, slack leader cast, you’ll learn it all from a legendary caster and teacher.  Joe is one of the best instructors and has more coaching and teaching experience than any other instructor.  All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

Sunday 2:00-4:30pm
For Women Only with Wendy Gunn.  Join this all women’s class to learn proper basics and improve your fly-casting.  All Levels.  Click HERE to register.

 

 

Note: Most tying classes require some tying experience and others may require more. Ask us when you call. Beginners are welcome, but be prepared for more than basics. All students must bring their own tying vise, tools, lamp if needed, and a sampling of materials. Most classes will provide adequate materials for the patterns being taught.  If a class is canceled, you will be notified 5 days prior to the show and permitted to switch or receive a refund.

Casting Classes will be held outside.  All other classes will be held indoors.

Casting Classes: Bring your own rod, reel & line.

Fly Tying Classes: Bring your own lamp, vise, tools & a basic selection of materials.

To insure quality instruction class size is limited. Call us for more class descriptions or availability. Classes will fill and close, so register early. The tuition charge of $85 includes admission to the show for that day. There are no refunds unless the class is canceled. You MUST register in advance. Click HERE to register online.  For more information call 814-443-3638.

Destination Theater:

Friday

Building C
11:00    Fishing the Pupae in Stillwater-Denny Rickards
12:00   Fly Fishing Northern California-Lance Gray
1:00    Truckee Area Fly Angling Options-Frank Pisciotta
2:00    BC’s Top Trophy Stillwater Fisheries-Phil Rowley, Brian Chan
3:00    History of the McCloud River-Jack Trout
4:00    Crowley Lake Fly Fishing Tactics-Ernie Gulley

Building P
11:00    Fly Fishing the Lower Sac-Lincoln Gray
12:00   Soft Hackles & Spiders-John Shaner
1:00     Pyramid Lake – “Land of the Giants”-Doug Ouellette
2:00    Best of The Baja-Mike Rieser
3:00    Fly Fishing Lees Ferry-Terry Gunn
4:00    Truckee River: A Guide’s Perspecive-Matt Heron

Building R
11:00    Baja-Angling the Vermillion Sea-Gary Bulla
12:00   Flies for All Five Species of Salmon – Pudge Kleinkauf
1:00     Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacob
2:00    Trout Fishing in Iceland-Kristjan P. Rafnsson
3:00    Fishing SW Montana With 4 Rivers-Seth McLean/Chris Knott
4:00    Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane

Building N
11:00   Montana’s Kootenai Country:  Dry Fly Heaven-Dave Blackburn
12:00   Fishing the Flats – Turneffe Flats, Belize-Turneffe Flats
1:00    Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide-Bessie Bucholz
2:00    South America’s Fly Fishing Destinations: An overview of saltwater flats, jungle fishing, and trout in Patagonia-John Hudgens
3:00    Fishing on Grand Bahama, Island-Robert Neher
4:00    Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima

Building O
11:00    Oregons Epic Waters-Marty Sheppard
12:00    Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, and San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri
1:00    Idaho’s Middle Pk Salmon & Oregons Rogue River-Jeff Helfrich
2:00    Steelhead Fishing on Oregon’s Rogue River-James Sampsel
3:00    Fishing for Baby Tarpon – Campeche, MX-Brad Staples
4:00    Gearing Up for Alaska:  Arriving Prepared for an Alaskan Adventure-Preston Cavner

Building O
11:00    Fly Fishing in Bolivia-Jungle Dorado-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
12:00   Amazon Peacock Bass Fly Fishing-Rodigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
1:00     Fly Fishing for Multi Variety Species in Amazon Jungle-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
2:00    Cuba Fly Fishing-Criatian Rodriguez/Filippo Invernizzi
3:00    Billfish on Fly, Sailfish to Blue Marlin-Jake Jordan
4:00    Fly Fishing in Iceland-Jon Thor Juliusson

Saturday

Building C
10:00   Stillwater Presentation-Denny Rickards
11:00    Fly Fishing the Lower Sac-Lincoln Gray
12:00   Fly Fishing Northern California-Lance Gray
1:00     Truckee River: A Guide’s Perspecive-Matt Heron
2:00    Fly Fishing Pyramid Lake-Rob Anderson
3:00    History of the McCloud River-Jack Trout
4:00    Steelhead Fishing on Oregon’s Rogue River-James Sampsel

Building P
10:00   Truckee Area Fly Angling Options-Frank Pisciotta
11:00    Fly Fishing Lees Ferry-Terry Gunn
12:00   Soft Hackles & Spiders-John Shaner
1:00     Pyramid Lake – “Land of the Giants”-Doug Ouellette
2:00    Best of The Baja-Mike Rieser
3:00    Fishing SW Montana With 4 Rivers-Seth McLean/Chris Knott
4:00    Chironomids from Top to Bottom-Ernie Gulley

Building R
10:00   Oregons Epic Waters-Marty Sheppard
11:00    Baja-Angling the Vermillion Sea-Gary Bulla
12:00   Trout Fishing in Iceland-Kristjan P. Rafnsson
1:00     Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacob
2:00    Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane
3:00    Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima
4:00    Grey Reef Wyoming-Jason Ostrander

Building N
10:00    Fishing for Baby Tarpon – Campeche, MX-Brad Staples
11:00    Fishing the Flats – Turneffe Flats, Belize-Turneffe Flats
12:00    Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide-Bessie Bucholz
1:00     South America’s Fly Fishing Destinations: An overview of saltwater flats, jungle fishing, and trout in Patagonia-John Hudgens
2:00    Fishing on Grand Bahama, Island-Robert Neher
3:00    Amazon Peacock Bass for Under $4000-Rob Anderson
4:00    Christmas Island-Guy Schoenborn

Building O
10:00   Women & Couples Go Fly Fishing in Alaska – Pudge Kleinkauf
11:00    Billfish on Fly, Sailfish to Blue Marlin-Jake Jordan
12:00    Idaho’s Middle Pk Salmon & Oregons Rogue River-Jeff Helfrich
1:00     River Fly Fishing the Canadian Rockies-Paul Samycia
2:00    Montana’s Kootenai Country:  Dry Fly Heaven-Dave Blackburn
3:00    Fly Fishing in Iceland-Jon Thor Juliusson
4:00    Jurrasic Lake World’s Best Rainbow Trout Fishery-Rob Anderson

Building O
10:00    Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, and San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri
11:00    Gearing Up for Alaska:  Arriving Prepared for an Alaskan Adventure-Preston Cavner
12:00   Cuba Fly Fishing-Criatian Rodriguez/Filippo Invernizzi
1:00    Fly Fishing in Bolivia-Jungle Dorado-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
2:00    Amazon Peacock Bass Fly Fishing-Rodigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
3:00    Giant Arapaima on the Fly-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
4:00    Fly Fishing with a Tenkara Rod-Luong Tam

 

Sunday

Building C
10:00    Fishing the Pupae in Stillwater-Denny Rickards
11:00    Fly Fishing the Lower Sac-Lincoln Gray
12:00   Pyramid Lake – “Land of the Giants”-Doug Ouellette
1:00     History of the McCloud River-Jack Trout
2:00    Best of The Baja-Mike Rieser
3:00    Crowley Lake Fly Fishing Tactics-Ernie Gulley

Building P
10:00   Mastering The Dry Fly – A Visual Experience-Jon Baiocchi
11:00    Truckee River: A Guide’s Perspecive-Matt Heron
12:00   Fishing SW Montana With 4 Rivers-Seth McLean/Chris Knott
1:00     Soft Hackles & Spiders-John Shaner
2:00    Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima
3:00    Oregons Epic Waters-Marty Sheppard

Building R
10:00   Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane
11:00    Fly Fishing Lees Ferry-Terry Gunn
12:00   Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacob
1:00     Amazon Peacock Bass for Under $4000-Rob Anderson
2:00    Montana’s Kootenai Country:  Dry Fly Heaven-Dave Blackburn
3:00    Christmas Island-Guy Schoenborn

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10:00    Idaho’s Middle Pk Salmon & Oregons Rogue River-Jeff Helfrich
11:00    Fly Fishing the Rivers of the BC’s Cariboo Region-Doug Mooring
12:00   Fishing on Grand Bahama, Island-Robert Neher
1:00     South America’s Fly Fishing Destinations: An overview of saltwater flats, jungle fishing, and trout in Patagonia-John Hudgens
2:00    Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide-Bessie Bucholz
3:00    Fly Fishing Cuba-Jim Klug

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10:00   Trout Fishing in Iceland-Kristjan P. Rafnsson
11:00    Baja-Angling the Vermillion Sea-Gary Bulla
12:00   Steelhead Fishing on Oregon’s Rogue River-James Sampsel
1:00     Fishing the Flats – Turneffe Flats, Belize-Turneffe Flats
2:00    Fly Fishing in Iceland-Jon Thor Juliusson
3:00    Fishing Guyana, Ama, & the IndiFly Movement-Peter Vandergrift

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10:00   Women & Couples Go Fly Fishing in Alaska – Pudge Kleinkauf
11:00    Fly Fishing in Bolivia-Jungle Dorado-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
12:00   Amazon Peacock Bass Fly Fishing-Rodigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
1:00     Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, and San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri
2:00    Cuba Fly Fishing-Criatian Rodriguez/Filippo Invernizzi
3:00    Grey Reef Wyoming-Jason Ostrander

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 24 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click here to purchase advance tickets.

 

 

IFFF Learning Center: The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) hosts the Fly Fishing Learning Center with fly tying, casting instruction and other fly fishing information and is free to show attendees. Fly tying focuses on young attendees, but all ages are welcome. Tying sessions begin every 30 minutes during periods of high demand; “when you get there” during periods of lighter attendance. There are usually three casting classes per day taught by IFFF Certified Casting instructors, 11am, 1 and 3pm. Sign-up for each casting class at the IFFF booth. These classes are limited to 10 students and are about 1 hour long. Fly rods provided.IFFF-Logo-horizontal-web-sm-SM For more experienced fly fishers, an instructor will individually video your cast and evaluate it with suggestions for improvement. The IFFF Learning Center is good place to advance the skills of all fly fishers. Stop by and get acquainted!

 

 

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